Council members, mayor sworn in for new term

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 18, 2015

 Kotowski swears in Councilman Chris Vitale for his second term of office.

Kotowski swears in Councilman Chris Vitale for his second term of office.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The newest St. Clair Shores City Council took its place Nov. 9, as members were sworn in to new terms and a new mayor pro tem was chosen.

Mayor Kip Walby and Councilmen Ronald Frederick and Chris Vitale were sworn in for new four-year terms on that date after having won re-election Nov. 3. The only new member of City Council, Peter Accica, asked to be excused from the meeting and had been sworn in at City Hall the day after the election.

Calls to Accica requesting comment were not returned by press time.

City Council also voted on a mayor pro tem for the year, picking Councilman John Caron during the Nov. 9 organizational meeting.

Vitale thanked voters for re-electing him to office.

“I’ll do my best the next four years,” he said.

Frederick agreed, thanking his family in the audience for their support as well. 

He also took time to bring attention to the face now absent from the dais — former Councilman Anthony Tiseo, who died Oct. 12.

“It’s ‘Movember,’” Frederick said, calling attention to the beard and mustache he was growing to promote men’s health during the month of November. He called on St. Clair Shores men to join him and pledge a dollar a day to donate to Tiseo’s family. 

“The most it will be is $30,” he said. 

Donation checks made out to  “LPL Financial F.B.O. Lynda Tiseo” can be sent to LPL Financial, Attn: Patrick Lapensee, 24220 Jefferson Ave., Suite A, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Walby also thanked those who have supported him in his work in city government since 1999, including his wife and children.

“We here in the city try to work hard to make St. Clair Shores better,” he said. “It’s encouraging when you get that support. 

“I’m very cognizant of the fact that I’m the mayor, and I try to represent the city a certain way.”

He also thanked city employees.

“We got a lot of great employees here ... who work very hard to make St. Clair Shores a better place. They do a great job,” he said. 

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